The line-ups for the first day of America VS Europe
Now the world stars are in place or on their way to southern Sweden to play about which continent is the best in the world in padel.
Is it Europe with Paquito Navarro in the lead? Or is it America with Fernando Belasteguin?
On Wednesday, the two captains, Ramiro Choya for Europe and Gustavo Maquirriain for America, announced who will be paired together on the first day of play and who they will face.
Remarkably, the two forehand players Sanyo Gutierrez and Martin Di Nenno, have been paired together for team America. Earlier in the season, at the Marbella Masters, Sanyo Gutierrez played a tournament at the backhand position when his partner, Fernando Belasteguin, was injured. Fernando Belasteguin is not in the squad for Thursday´s matches.
The tournament starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday. Another tournament is currently being played at the same venue, the Euro Finance Invitational, with stars like Javi Leal, Arturo Coello, and Mike Yanguas participating.
Both tournaments are played outdoors, and there have been some interruptions due to rain in Bastad, where the tournament is held. It remains to be seen what the weather will be like in the coming days.
Next week, the players will focus on the Malaga Open and the World Padel Tour. Already on Sunday, the qualifying for that tournament starts.
The line-ups for the first day of America vs Europe
Team Europe: Paquito Navarro/Mike Yanguas
Team America: Maxi Sanchez/Diego Ramos
Team Europe: Javi Ruiz/Simon Vasquez
Team America: Agustin Tapia/Javier Valdes
Team Europe: Daniel Windahl/Juan Martin Diaz
Team America: Miguel Lamperti/Pablo Lima
Team Europe: Bastien Blanque/Arturo Coello
Team America: Sanyo Gutierrez/Martin Di Nenno